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Zug Canton: Highest Wood Skyscraper in SwitzerlandIsBeing Built

© [Translate to English:] Zug Estates

Theprincipal of the integrated sustainable district, which creates a link between living, working and recreation, is Zug Estates AG. The first two construction phases in the scope of which some 19,000 square meters of commercialarea have been developed and 384 apartments handed over to users, have already been completed. The university campus set to emerge by fall 2019. It is part of a project which will forman important anchor point for the districtwith two wood skyscrapers and a concrete structure between them designed by the joint venture Büro Konstrukt & Manetsch Meyer Dipl. Architekten ETH of Lucerne. With14 floors and 60 meters high one of the innovative wood skyscrapers will be the highest of its kind in Switzerland.The new building with some 42,000 square meter gross floor area will host lecture rooms of the Lucerne School of Business and theLucerne School of Information Technology (both part of HSLU), offices and retailspace.The foundation stone of the project was laid on February 22,2018.

Innovative linking of different methods
Drees & Sommer ensures a smoothconstruction process thanks to Lean Construction Management (LCM),borrowed fromthe lean principle which originated inthe automotive industry, integrated construction logistics and the integrated digital planning method Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM ensures the meaningful integration and utilization of all necessary data through the variousproject phases.For the new construction of the university campus an innovative softwareis usedwhich enables the integrated use of construction logistics, BIM and LCM.

‘Lean methodology lends itself in particular to large, demanding projects involving many partiesas in the case of the HSLUuniversity campusproject,as the focus here is on optimizing the entire process, which is elaborated by all stakeholders involved together. So potential risks become apparent much quicker, scheduling, costand quality targets can be met’, explained Paul Schneider, senior project partner at Drees & Sommer SE.

District setszero/zerogoal
The Suurstoffi area has taken the lead in Switzerland.Goal of the energy concept is thezero/zero principle: a completely CO2-free district.‘The wood construction of the new university buildings fits in perfectly with the sustainability concept of the area, as wood is considered particularly exemplary inCO2-neutral construction compared with other materials.In addition, the prefabricated elements have other advantages such as highbuilding speed’, saidPeter Diggelmann, chief planning officerof the general contractor Suurstoffi Baufeld 1 GmbH.Wood is a positive role model in manufacture, transportation and assembly as well as dismantling, as the lowcarbon dioxideemissionhas a positive effect on ecological balance. The sound and thermal insulation propertiesalso speak for its use. Apart from the wood skyscrapers, the garden skyscraper Aglaya with the plants integrated inits faςade will ensure a positive ecological balance in the district. The area will also utilizesolar energy, several dynamic geothermal storage units and ananergy grid.